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Frantisek Kupka • Painting, 1902, 41×50.2 cm
About the artwork
This artwork was added since it is referred to in the materials below
Art form: Painting
Subject and objects: Portrait, Marina, Mythological scene
Style of art: Symbolism
Technique: Watercolor, Gouache
Materials: Cardboard
Date of creation: 1902
Size: 41×50.2 cm
Artwork in collection: .José Clemente Orozco Olga Potekhina
Artwork in selections: 26 selections

Description of the artwork «Wave»

"Wave" written in Paris during this period, Kupka followed the symbolist tradition. Depicted among the raging elements the girl seems part of the element. The symbolism of the painting is built on contrasts: water and stone, motionless, and never for a moment did not stop, the fragility and power. And mappings: the woman and the wave, flowing clothes and flying splashes water carelessly in a bun hair and the curved crests of the waves, barely covered body and untouched beauty of nature.

The woman seems a product of and a continuation element and the eroticism of half-naked bodies out of tune with this body engulfing waves of water? the elements? desires? The painting depicts not a disaster, but rather, the element that can be deployed in full force. And then not only waves will rise up to heaven, but the woman straightened up and dissolve the hair (and the symbolists hair represent the element of sensual love).

The woman and the water – answering the question "where did life," they both are at the origin. At the time of writing this watercolor, the artist creates the graphic series "Voices of silence", which opens etching "Beginning of life".
The maximum reflects the unity of women and the element of water: water lilies and a human embryo floating in a circle of light, connected by the umbilical cord with a flower. As "Wave", this print appeals to figurative and symbolic number of the divine and at the same time the natural aspect of a woman.

František Kupka spent my whole life trying to solve the problem of the connection of the visible and the unknowable, to realize "eternal cosmic movement". Later, he will do it through abstract paintings, and the painting "Wave" solves the problem by matching female character and a natural element. Flying Seagull in the sky creates a kind of hierarchy, like in cosmic energy (do not forget that the Kupka adolescence was spiritualistic society and lifelong interest in spirituality).

What "wanted to say an artist"? Perhaps everything at once, because these interpretations complement each other. And the unity of nature and women, and between man and nature, and the fragile vs powerful, and sexual desire, and the unity of cosmic and earth energies.

Author: Alain Esaulova